Holiday Crafts For Kids – Toilet Paper Roll Turkey

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Needed:

Toilet paper roll

Red, Yellow, and Orange Construction Paper

2 Googley Eyes (or you can cut out eyes with black construction paper if you’d like)

Glue

Scissors

How to make:

Cut feather shapes out of the construction paper. You’ll need 2-3 feathers of each color.

Cut a small triangle out of orange construction paper for a beak.

Cut a small peanut shape out of red construction paper for a waddle.

Cut two feet out of orange construction paper.

Tape the feathers onto the back of the toilet paper roll.

Glue the eyes, beak, waddle, and feet to the front of the toilet paper roll.

Green Recipes ~ No Cook Flour Finger Paint

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup water

2 teaspoons salt

Flour Paint

Combine 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1 cup of water and 2 teaspoons of salt in a small bowl. You may also use baby rice cereal, instant pudding or cooked cereals, instead of flour.

Mix the ingredients together until they form a thick paste. Use a spoon or an electric mixer on a low setting.

Gradually stir food coloring into the flour mixture until you achieve the desired color.

Store in an airtight container.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Fabric Necklace

Fabric Necklace

What you’ll need:

An old piece of stretchy clothing (like stretch pants) that can be cut into a strip approximately 24″ by 2″.

Large beads with holes wide enough for fabric to fit through.

Scissors

Needle nose pliers

How to make it:

Cut fabric into a strip approximately 24″ by 2″.

Lay out beads in an appealing manner.

String beads onto fabric, using needle nose pliers to pull, if necessary.

Space beads according to your taste.

Tie ends together!

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Homemade Crayons

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Supplies:

Used, broken crayons no one likes to use anymore!

Metal muffin pan, or silicone muffin pan

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Fill muffin tin with chunks of peeled broken crayons (For our rainbow theme we mixed lots of colors together, but you can do one color per spot if you choose. They were really fun to draw with)

Put muffin pan in oven for about 8-10 minutes or until crayons are melted.

Once crayons are cooled, pop them out of your muffin pan for some fun rainbow coloring! Super easy and the kids love them.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Cardboard Tube Telescope

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Perfect for ages 5 and up with mom’s help.

What you’ll need:

1 cardboard tube (from a paper towel roll)

Tape

1 sheet brown construction paper

½ sheet black construction paper

2 plastic rings from milk or juice jugs

White craft glue

Scissors

Pen

Twine or yarn

How to make it:

Cut 2″ off the end of the cardboard tube, set aside.

Cut the longer remaining piece of the cardboard tube open lengthwise.

Use tape to close the tube back up, overlapping the edges just enough so that its circumference is about ¼” or so smaller than it was originally. It should now be slightly smaller than the width of the plastic ring.

Cover the long roll with brown construction paper, securing with tape.

Cover the 2″ roll with black paper and secure with tape.

Insert the long, brown tube inside the small black tube. Push the black tube to the center of the brown tube.

Pipe white glue around one end of the brown tube. Slide a plastic ring onto the end of the tube, securing it with the glue.

At the other end of the tube, use a pen to poke a hole, about an inch from the end. Thread twine or yarn through the hole.

Pipe glue around that end of the tube and slide the second plastic ring onto the glue.

Tie the ends of the yarn into a knot.

Hang the telescope around your child’s neck. The black tube at the end can be turned to “focus” the pretend telescope.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Sticks and Stones Mobile

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What you’ll need:

3 sturdy twigs

String (recommended: natural fiber string such as hemp or twine)

8 rocks (1″-2″ in diameter)

Hot glue gun

Scissors

White craft glue

How to make it:

Cut 3 pieces of string, 18″ long. Cut 1 piece that is 12″ long. Lay the twigs on the work surface, lining them up next to each other. Tie the 12″ piece of string to the center of whichever twig you want to be at the top of your mobile. This string will be your hanger. Next, tie one of the 18″ pieces to the same twig in the same place you tied the first string. The first string (your hanger) will go in one direction (up) and the other string will go in the other direction (down).

Connect the second twig to the first twig by tying the end of the second string on twig #1 to the center of twig #2. Tie another piece of string to the twig to connect twig #2 to twig #3.

Add some white craft glue to all of the knots and hang somewhere to dry. When dry, trim the tied ends.

While glue is drying on the twigs, heat up the hot glue gun. Cut more string to hang your rocks from. Cut them into varying lengths, some long some short, all should be 12″ or less. Tie a loop into the end of a string and slip a rock inside. Tighten the knot and use hot glue to secure the rock and string together. Tie into a tight knot and glue again. Repeat this for all of the rocks.

Tie each of the rocks onto the twigs, 2 on the top twig (one at each end), 2 on the middle twig, and 4 on the bottom twig. Add some glue to each of the knots and let dry.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop

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Perfect for ages 5 and up with moms help.

What you’ll need:

Plastic laundry bottle

Felt in your favorite shades

White craft glue

Scissors or a sharp knife

Felt alphabet stickers (optional)

How to make it:

Have a grown up cut the top of the laundry bottle off, leaving the handle in tact.

Remove packaging labels and wash the outside to remove any residue.

Wash the inside thoroughly, making sure that all soap residue has been removed. A good rinse with very hot water will ensure all soap is gone.

If using felt alphabet stickers, stick them to the front of the bottle, spelling out your pet’s name. If you don’t have the felt stickers, simply cut your pet’s name out of felt and glue them to the bottle.

Cut out fun shapes such as bones, biscuits, and paw prints, and glue them all over the bottle.

Let dry completely before using.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Going Green Terrarium Garden

Terrarium-Large

With moms help, perfect for ages 4 and up!

Plastic 2 liter soda pop bottle with cap

Very sharp scissors or craft knife

Dirt or potting soil

Seeds

Water

How to make it:

Remove the label from the bottle. Discard label. Save cap! (See photo.)

Wash and rinse out the bottle and cap.

Cut the bottle close to the bottom. There may be a “line” near the end of where the label was, that’s a good place to cut. You can cut it higher if you wish. (See photo.)

Lightly place dirt or potting soil in the base.

Plant a few seeds in the dirt.

Lightly water.

Put the cap on the bottle.

Cover the base with the top of the bottle. You will have to fiddle with it a bit to fit back inside the base.

Place in a sunny spot and watch for your seeds to grow.

When the plants are ready, repot them or plant them in your garden.

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Coffee Ground “Fossils”

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With moms help, for ages 4 and up.

1 cup of used coffee grounds

1/2 cup of cold coffee

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

Wax paper

Mixing bowl

Some small objects to make impressions in the dough (Shaped cookie cutters work well.)

Empty can or a butter knife

Toothpicks, optional

String to hang your fossil, optional

How to make it:

Stir the together the coffee grounds, cold coffee, flour, and salt until well mixed.

Knead the dough together and then flatten it out onto the waxed paper.

Use the can to cut out circles of the dough or use the dull knife to cut slabs large enough to fit your “fossil” objects.

Press your objects firmly into the dough. When you take the object out, you have your “fossil”. If you want to hang the fossil, poke holes into the edge to hold the string.

Let the fossil dry overnight (and up to two days) and then hang it if you wish.